Halloween is in our midst and so is fall. That means that there are pumpkins everywhere!
Learning with pumpkins can be so much fun. Here is a simple way to teach your child to to teach advanced patterning skills using pumpkins.
* Three pumpkins - One Big Pumpkin (or more) and Two Small Pumpkins (or More)
* Measuring Tape
* One Marker (any color)
* One Piece of paper (any color)
(See Video for demonstration.)
Step 1: Help your child place the pumpkins in a pattern (Little, Big, Little, Big....) with all of the pumpkins that you have.
Step 2: Ask your child to pick two numbers between 1 and 12.
Step 3: Use scissors to cut the piece of paper into four equal pieces of paper.
Step 4: Write one of the numbers your child chose in step 2 on 2 of the pieces of paper.
Step 5: Write the other number your child chose in step 2 on the other 2 pieces of paper.
Step 6: Ask your child to identify one of the numbers on the piece of paper.
Step 7: Ask your child to use the measuring tape to measure the number from step 6 (in inches) from a wall to the first pumpkin.
Step 8: Ask your child to identify the second number that they chose in step 2.
Step 9: Repeat step 7, using the number identified in step 8, measuring the distance between the first pumpkin and the second pumpkin.
Step 10: Repeat steps 6 through 9 with the rest of your pumpkins, patterning between the size of the pumpkin and the space between each pumpkin. See video below for examples.